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PM tells Hau Giang to use tech in farming

Update: April, 10/2015 - 09:13
The PM called on local authorities to utilise the province's advantages in agriculture, such as rice production, aquatic farm products and fruit farming. — Photo VNA

HAU GIANG (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged local authorities to step up effort to achieve objectives set out in the Mekong Delta Hau Giang Province's Five-year Development Plan (2011-2015) at a meeting yesterday.

The PM called on local authorities to utilise the province's advantages in agriculture, such as rice production, aquatic farm products and fruit farming.

He spoke of the importance of implementing technological and scientific advances in agricultural production, economies of scale, developing co-operative production models, using processing technology - and finding and expanding new markets for the province's agricultural products.

"We must quickly develop our processing technology as a crucial part of our plan to find new markets and to create jobs for our people," he said.

The PM also ordered provincial authorities to focus on developing of new-style rural areas, restructuring and modernising agricultural production and attracting investment from the business sector.

He said the province must continue to improve people's living standards, social security, healthcare, education while pushing administrative reforms to support business development.

"The province's priorities are to improve health care and education," said the PM.

The PM discussed numerous infrastructure projects proposed by the province, such as the Song Hau Thermal Electricity Plants I, II and III, the provincial route 927C and the Hau Giang High-tech Agriculture Complex.

He also highlighted limitations, such as the scarcity of qualified workers, limited technical infrastructure and lack of application of science and technology on production in the new stage of development.

Tran Cong Chanh, chairman of the province's People's Committee, said Hau Giang's socio-economic development continued to produce positive signs. Last year, the province managed to achieve a growth rate of 12.5 per cent. Its income per capita reached VND31.3 million (US$1,470), its exports increased by 24.5 per cent and the number of poor households was reduced to 8.4 per cent – a 3.4 per cent drop on the year. — VNS

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